One Day I Saw a Black King

A Novel

J. D. Mason

St. Martin's Press

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"He stared at himself in the mirror, wondering how he'd managed to lose track of time. Complacency had managed to set in again. . . A decent job, warm home, food on the table, and a body to curl up next to at night; he'd made the mistake of getting comfortable. Comfort fooled him into thinking it was all good when it wasn't. Damn nightmares had a way of reminding him of that."

Ever since he was fifteen, John King has been on the run from the ghosts of his past, always drifting, never settling down in one place or with one woman, though more than one has certainly made the offer of forever-after. But every time his memories of life back in Texas start to haunt him too deeply into the night, John realizes that it's time to move on. That is, until he rolls into Denver, Colorado, grooving to Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It on," and meets Connie Rodgers, a woman who grew up on the mean streets and has the pain and the battle scars to prove it. And yet, she inspires him to think "If indeed there were a home for the perfect kiss, it would be on her lips." John is reluctant to admit that here is a woman who just may understand his very soul, even if she does have some baggage of her own. But both must face their pasts if they ever hope to be free to live and love.

Filled with completely unforgettable characters, One Day I Saw a Black King is a stunningly powerful story that explores the power of the past over the present, the search for love and belonging and the healing gift of an extraordinary love.

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One Day I Saw a Black King
IN THE BEGINNING1963For unto Us ...Sweat poured down her face and burned her eyes. Even the storm raging outside refused to have any mercy. The small room was hot and humid, lit dimly by two lanterns. One behind Roberta and the other at the head of the bed. The girl jerked so Roberta thought she would knock over the light on the table next to her and set the whole place up in flames. The thought almost made her laugh. A vision raced across her mind of the three women running around the room, burning and melting like candles.

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Praise for One Day I Saw a Black King

"An engaging story." --Booklist

"If you're looking for a heart-wrenching tale, this story will not disappoint."
--Romantic Times - 3 stars

"An absorbing novel...J.D. Mason aptly captures the pain and isolation of her two lonely characters." --Rocky Mountain News

"The story is haunting...as it pulls you into the lives of the characters. All of the pieces are in place for this one: the storyline is exceptional, the characters are real, and the pace is on target... This is an excellent look at the endurance of the human spirit and the second stop toward Ms. Mason establishing herself as a gifted writer." --Rawsistaz

"An epic tale of pain, loneliness, and forgiveness... Falling under the spell of Mason's masterful storytelling was as easy as slipping on a sheet of ice... The pace [of] the book flowed like warm, golden syrup and was just as sweet." --AALBC

"A well written tale of two fractured souls." --Minority Professional Network

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J. D. Mason

J.D. Mason is the author of And on the Eighth Day She Rested. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her two children.

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One Day I Saw a Black King
A Novel
J. D. Mason

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
September 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466827318
ISBN10: 1466827319
320 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
September 2004
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ISBN: 9780312306199
ISBN10: 0312306199
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
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